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Lemony Blackberry-Vodka Gelées

Photo: Victoria Granof; Stylist: Amy Wilson
Hands-on time 12 mins
Total time 6 hrs
Yield Serves 18 (serving size: 2 cubes)
Timing is important here, as you want to get the drama of two separate layers with gradation between. Let the first layer set partially but not completely--if you add the blackberry layer too soon, it will muddle your color; a bit too late, and it will slide right off the bottom layer.


  • 1 1/2 cups vodka, divided
  • 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 cups blackberries
  • Blackberries (optional)
  • Lemon rind strips (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 144
  • fat 0.4 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.2 g
  • protein 2.2 g
  • carbohydrate 23.8 g
  • fiber 3.2 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.4 mg
  • sodium 4 mg
  • calcium 20 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place 1 cup vodka in a medium bowl. Sprinkle 2 envelopes gelatin evenly over vodka; let stand 3 minutes. Combine 1 cup sugar, lemon juice, and 1/2 cup water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring just to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add hot lemon juice mixture to vodka mixture, stirring until gelatin dissolves. Pour lemon-vodka mixture into an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray; chill 1 hour and 45 minutes.

  2. Place remaining 1/2 cup vodka in a medium bowl. Sprinkle remaining 2 envelopes gelatin evenly over vodka; let stand 3 minutes. Combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar, remaining 1/2 cup water, and 8 cups blackberries in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes, stirring mixture occasionally. Strain blackberry mixture through a fine sieve over a 4-cup glass measuring cup; discard solids. Add 2 cups hot blackberry mixture to vodka mixture, stirring until gelatin dissolves (reserve remaining blackberry mixture for another use). Gradually pour blackberry-vodka mixture evenly over partially set lemon-vodka mixture. Chill 3 hours or until set. Cut into 36 cubes. Garnish with blackberries and lemon rind strips, if desired.